Neuropathy Pain

Neuropathy Pain and Stem Cell Recruitment

We’re fortunate to live at a time when regenerative medicine in the form of stem cell recruitment offers highly effective therapy for neuropathy pain. Here’s a discussion of what neuropathy is and how today’s doctors are dealing with it.

Neuropathy Pain: the Basics

Just a few years ago, we hardly ever heard of neuropathy and the pain associated with it unless it was specifically mentioned in a discussion about diabetes and the effects it has on the body. Today, however, it seems we are hearing about this painful condition more and more often on the news, TV, and radio.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Pain

Pain is the biggest issue that people with neuropathy complain about. Small fibers and nerves in your hands and feet can become damaged with prolonged untreated neuropathy, and this can lead to:

  • burning pain radiating in hands or feet
  • pins and needles in the extremities
  • numbness, weakness, and tingling
  • deadened nerves in fingers and toes
  • a knotted feeling in the soles and palms
  • pain from the lightest touches
  • cramping of the feet
  • fingers twisting and locking
  • restless legs and feet
  • pain from the pressure of walking
  • balance problems
  • inability to grasp with the hands
  • pain when twisting the wrists
  • hands and feet feeling tired or heavy

Small fiber neuropathy pain tends to be worse at night so this will make it more difficult to get a full night’s sleep which in and of itself causes other health problems and makes pain levels rise even more.

Diabetics are the most at-risk group for the development of neuropathy symptoms and pain. It has been estimated that between 20-30% of all diabetics experience diabetic neuropathy pain. Diabetic neuropathy is believed to be caused by the slower regeneration of nerve endings and connections throughout the body, but especially in the fine fibers of the hands and feet.

Other risk factors that increase the risk of neuropathy pain include certain medications, smoking, drinking, autoimmune disease, nerve damage or diseases, chemotherapy treatments, and other chronic health conditions.

Neuropathy Pain Gets Worse When Left Untreated

Whatever the underlying cause, as is the case with most other health conditions, neuropathy will not resolve itself and will only get worse if you let it go and do not seek treatment as soon as possible. The neuropathy pain will worsen, the weakness will not improve, and the numbness can get to the point where you could develop an infection. All of these problems increase your risk of serious injury or even the loss of a limb from advanced untreated neuropathy. At the Pain Relief Institute we want to help you avoid this.

Happily, that should be possible. Recent advances in medical science make it possible to address neuropathy pain with regenerative medicine in the form of stem cell recruitment.

Neuropathy Pain, Regenerative Medicine, and Stem Cell Recruitment

Regenerative medicine is an outgrowth of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology. It offers the promise of restoring damaged tissue by promoting new growth. As noted above, neuropathy is generally the result of some form of damage. Provided the damage can be identified, and with a thorough medical history and modern diagnostic methods, it probably can, regenerative therapy can repair it completely. In the case of neuropathy pain, this means the pain goes away because the source has been eliminated.

One of the most promising avenues of regenerative medicine, and one we have extensive experience with here at the Pain Relief Institute, is stem cell recruitment. Stem cell recruitment has proved useful for addressing a variety of complaints including joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle damage, which means it can often prove therapeutic for neuropathy pain. Stem cells are “undifferentiated” cells. This means they can renew themselves through cell division and have the potential to develop into many different kinds of cell that the body needs. Thus, when a therapeutic procedure called stem cell infusion applies them to a damaged area, they can promote healing through the growth of healthy new tissue and thus provide stem cell therapy for pain. At the Pain Relief Institute, we provide stem cell recruitment therapy via stem cell amniotic fluid injection.

Neuropathy Pain, Stem Cell Recruitment, and Stem Cell Amniotic Fluid Injection

Amniotic fluid is the clear yellow fluid that surrounds a fetus in the uterus. It performs many functions to protect the growing baby including cushioning from outside pressures, temperature control, and infection control, but for our purposes, what’s important about it is that it provides a source of mesenchymal (embryonic) stem cells. Embryonic stems cells are pluripotent, which means they can develop into any kind of cell. From a therapeutic perspective, that makes them more broadly useful than stem cells derived from adult tissue, which can only develop into different cell types related to the tissue of origin.

The mesenchymal cells are obtained at the time of a Caesarian birth without risk to baby or mother and with the mother’s consent. They then form the basis for therapy via stem cell amniotic fluid injection, a one-day procedure that provides an alternative to invasive surgery with its lengthy recovery time. At the Pain Relief Institute, stem cell amniotic fluid injection therapy is accomplished through the use of PalinGen®and its sister product Inovoflo®.

Neuropathy Pain, Stem Cell Recruitment, PalinGen®, and Inovoflo

PalinGen® and Inovoflo are products of advanced regenerative medicine. Made up of amniotic fluid components, they provide an abundance of cytokines, nutrients, and growth factors and anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties. Donors are extensively screened to make sure they’re healthy, and there’s no risk of rejection because the chorion that has been known to trigger an antigen response is removed during processing.

Neuropathy Pain and Laser Treatment

Additionally, the Pain Relief Institute offers laser therapy for neuropathy. Research shows that laser therapy can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the growth of new nerve cells and blood vessels.Low-intensity lasers help speed recovery and cell regeneration, which can prevent the pain and discomfort that comes from injury to the nerves in the hands and feet.

The Pain Relief Institute provides both stem cell recruitment and laser therapies as outpatient procedures, making them quick and easy ways to find relief from neuropathy pain. These therapies may allow you to stop taking prescription neuropathy pain medications or greatly lower your dosage and use, thus removing some of the negative side effects they can cause. Whichever therapy is the intervention of choice for your particular case of neuropathy pain, we encourage you to contact the Pain Relief Institute for a consultation. We can help you.